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VUMC named best in U.S. for patient safety in trauma care

Nov. 3, 2016, 8:42 AM

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has been ranked the No. 1 hospital in the nation for patient safety in Trauma care by CareChex 2017 Hospital Quality Ratings Analysis.
The award is based on patient safety performance derived from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s patient safety indicators.

“Being recognized as the top hospital in the country for patient safety for trauma and burn patients by CareChex is a true testament to the dedication that each member of our team has for the care of the most critically injured in our community,” said Alex Jahangir, M.D., MMHC, associate professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation and medical director of the Vanderbilt Center for Trauma, Burn and Emergency Surgery.

“The fact that our Trauma and Burn care received such high marks from an independent organization like CareChex demonstrates the quality of care we deliver by every team member, every day.”

CareChex Hospital Quality Ratings are based on a nationally representative database of nearly 40 million discharges from nearly 5,000 hospitals across nationwide. Hospitals do not apply or pay to be included in CareChex ratings.

“Our entire Trauma team has put forth an incredible effort over the last several years as we worked toward becoming the state’s only American College of Surgeons-verified Level 1 Adult Trauma Center, a status we achieved two years ago. This latest honor from CareChex underscores our focus on patient safety, performance improvement, quality and multidisciplinary care of the critically injured patient,” said Richard Miller, M.D., chief of the Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care and professor of Surgery. “I am incredibly proud of the entire Trauma team and our institution for giving us the resources necessary to rank as the safest trauma center in the United States.”

CareChex is an information service of Quantros Inc. and provides clinical, financial and patient satisfaction findings to consumers, providers and purchasers of U.S. medical care.

“We are honored by this recognition of our relentless pursuit of safe and effective patient care,” said Julianne Williams, MSN, R.N., administrative director for Inpatient Neuroscience and Trauma. “Every bit of this is influenced by the robust performance improvement program and multidisciplinary team that pursues excellence in the care they provide every day. Congratulations to all of the faculty, nurses, program staff, and multidisciplinary teams, which extends to the first responders out in the field.”

VUMC operates the only certified Level 1 trauma facility and only regional burn center in Middle Tennessee.

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